Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

About the Program

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Research Day 2017

Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Toronto, 5-year Residency Program.

Candidates apply to our Residency Program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)

OBGYN UofT Residency Program Objectives (Updated Apr 8 2016)

Residency Program Objectives are to:

1. Deliver broad-based clinical and academic training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with the goal of creating the foundation for independent practice in Core Obstetrics and Gynaecology or as the foundation for subspecialty Fellowship training.

2. Fulfill all the objectives required for specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as set out by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

3. Focus on:

  •  Clinical experiences of a secondary and tertiary nature in Core Obstetrics and Gynaecology and subspecialty areas of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as seen in large academic health science centers with cultural diversity.
  • –Core skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in secondary centers as a model of community practice.

4. Create opportunities for:

  • – Development of programs and leadership in Global Health.
  • – Personal development of leadership skills.

5. Ensure graded responsibility in the acquisition of leadership skills required of a hospital specialist, and to emphasize the development of teaching skills.

6. Offer a milieu that emphasizes:

  • –a culture of life-long learning, and an ability to appreciate the importance of critical appraisal of the evolving medical literature.
  • –the importance of teamwork and support of all members of the healthcare team, and nurtures wellness and resilience so as to cope with the demands of our specialty in the 21st century.

7. Provide the environment, mentorship, and experience that will allow each resident to achieve the goals outlined above.

OBGYN UofT Residency Training Requirements: PGY1 (Revised August 30, 2018)

The PGY1 training comprises 13 four-week rotation blocks (1 block = approximately 4 weeks)

All PGY1 residents are concurrently enrolled in the Royal College Surgical Foundations (SF) Program: they attend a surgery "Prep Camp" in July, attend labs and lectures throughout the year, and write the Royal College SF exam in the fall of their PGY2 year. Surgical Foundations is a Royal College Competence by Design program.

  • 1 block Transition to Discipline
  • 1 block Core Obstetrics at a major teaching-hospital site
  • 2 blocks Core Obstetrics at a community hospital site
  • 1 block Emergency Medicine
  • 2 blocks General Internal Medicine
  • 1 block General Surgery
  • 1 block Gynaecologyic Oncology
  • 1 block Intensive Care Unit
  • 1 block Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • 1 block Ultrasound
  • 1 block of selective: ONE of: Anesthesia, Family Planning, Perinatal Psychiatry/Addiction, or Pain Management.
  • Longitudinal Ambulatory Rotation* (LAR): 2 half-days per month, Sept to June)

*The Longitudinal Ambulatory Rotation consists of the PGY1 trainee working in an ambulatory clinic two half-days per month from September to June, directly with a faculty member who acts as a preceptor and mentor. Although PGY1s benefit from a wide experience in many specialties during their first year, some residents might feel detached from their core interest — obstetrics and gynaecology — and colleagues. The LAR was developed in 2004 to address this, and help residents stay in touch with their specialty.

OBGYN UofT Residency Training Requirements: PGY2-5 (Revised August 30, 2018)

These four years comprise the following rotations in accordance with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada requirements. All required subspecialty rotations are provided at University of Toronto clinical sites. The order of rotations varies with the needs of the resident. All residents have exposure to community practice throughout the Program.

  • Core Obstetrics and Gynaecology (at major-teaching hospitals, community-hospital sites, and endoscopy centres)
  • Chief Residency
  • Electives and Selectives
  • Gynaecologic Oncology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Research (Note: A requirement in the OBGYN Residency Program)
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility / Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology
  • Urogynaecology

The 3-block research experience allows the resident exposure to either clinical or basic science research under the guidance of Department faculty. All residents are required to present their research at the Department Annual Research Day. Satisfactory completion of residency training at the University of Toronto requires completion of a scholarly project and submission of original research.

OBGYN U of T Residency Program Highlights (Revised August 10, 2016)

  • The Surgical Skills Curriculum is designed to provide opportunity for acquisition of basic-to-advanced skills important for Obstetrics and Gynaecology by using bench models, trainers, and computer simulation in a state-of-the-art facility.
  • The weekly academic half-day (AHD) sessions includes reviews of essential topics led by faculty and residents over a two-year cycle, topics alternate between obstetrics and gynaecology content areas.
  • Since July 1, 2008, all University of Toronto residents entering PGY1 are required to complete the web-based PGCoreEd* core competency modules as part of their residency program certification. These modules provide the foundation for non-clinical roles for the RCPSC and CFPC Programs and are focused for PGY1 and PGY2 trainees.
  • The Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is a fully funded two-year MSc degree program, usually undertaken between PGY3 and 4. Other MSc and PhD training is also available.
  • Starting July 2015, a two-week Surgical Foundations Prep Camp provides a fantastic intense learning opportunity for acquisition of basic surgical skills.
  • Clinical Epidemiology/Journal Club sessions are held three to four times a year.
  • Research Proposal Sessions provide an opportunity for Residents to present their research idea at an early stage, receive feedback, and ensure the project is doable.

OBGYN U of T Residency Clinical Sites (Revised August 10, 2016)

The University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology provides all levels of care to the local community, and tertiary and quaternary care to the province of Ontario. Together, the three major teaching hospital sites within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) - Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), St. Michael's Hospital (SMH), and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC) - have over 35,000 deliveries a year and a large number of gynaecologic operative cases. Trainees encounter a wide range in complexity of cases. Residency clinical teaching sites are as follows:

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